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9-12 case briefs - Tim Woodward 108303348 CCJS 230 Section...

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Tim Woodward – 108303348 09/12/06 CCJS 230 – Section 0201 People v. Rokicki 718 N.W.2d 333 (Ill.App. 1999) Facts of Case: In 1995, a man named Kenneth Rokicki ate at a Pizza Hut restaurant where he was served by a homosexual. Rokicki demanded that the server not touch his food because of his sexual orientation. When the server began to slice Rokicki’s pizza, Rokicki walked over and yelled extensively at the server with multiple homosexual slurs while pounding his fist on the counter and waving his finger at the server. Rokicki waved his right to a jury and was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service during a bench trial. Rokicki appealed this decision, stating that the hate crime status was unconstitutional and that the charges violate his 1 st Amendment rights. The appellate court upheld the conviction and sentence that the judge had originally given him. Rokicki appealed once more to the Supreme Court Issue Presented: Does Illinois’ hate crime statue infringe upon the First Amendment when the predicate offense is disorderly conduct?
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  • Fall '07
  • Hammill
  • Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Kenneth Rokicki

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